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Man in Photo is Not JFK

12/28/2009 2:57 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ received an email from someone who said the photo we posted showing a man appearing to be John F. Kennedy on a yacht with naked women was actually a photo from a 1967 Playboy photo shoot.



We have contacted Playboy and a rep says the photo did indeed run in one of its 1967 issues. We are trying to get a copy and will update as soon as we get the info.

UPDATE: 2:34 PM ET
We've now confirmed the photo was part of a Playboy spread in 1967. The image published in Playboy was published in color.

UPDATE: 1:11 PM ET
A rep from Playboy tells TMZ the photo ran as part of story titled, "Playboy's Charter Yacht Party: How to Have a Ball on the Briny with an Able-Bodies Complement of Ship's Belles." She says the photo was taken on one of the islands that make up the Grenadines (Petit Rameau).

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76.

Kenneth E. Tucker    

And, you ran this photo (along with some 'breathless' commentary no doubt) w/no corroborating sources because...?? Can't you find enough LIVE people to shame and/or destroy? Who's the editorail 'genius'(whore) that signed off on 'running' w/this? A-maz-ing...

1699 days ago
77.

Tom    

Beware of the story that is too good to check out....

1699 days ago
78.

Melissa    

wow some of you people are so stupid.. i.e "Playboy verified it was in '67? NOT!!!! Impossible...JFK was murdered in '63 remember? Or was that a hoax too?"

They didnt verify that it was JFk in the picture, they verified that it was there picture.. meaning that person is not JFK... think people think..

1699 days ago
79.

whatever    

Boats n Ho's!!!!

1699 days ago
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theresasuckerborneveryminute    

In case someone out there is STILL not convinced this one was a fake, heres a link to the original (color!) Playboy photo:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=389x7340534

1699 days ago
81.

Andrea    

Isn't that wonderful? TMZ makes a story and now it didnt workout they have to make another story to tell the truth about the false story they told. I believe they knew it right from their first line.

Missing some scandals TMZ? They thought they had great journalism because of Michael Jackson's death. They have to get real now....TMZ SUCKSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS.

1699 days ago
82.

Davis J. Tomasin    

I did try to warn you clods at TMZ hours ago that the photo was a fraud--- probably from Dan Rather's collection of Presidential hoaxes.

Photo of JFK pre WWII summer at Hyannisport.

Also, JFK's father was on the Med cruise that summer as Kennedy was at the Dem National Convention fighting for Vice Presidential nomination to run with Stevenson that November. Lost battle to Senator Kefauver of Tennessee, but as livid father told him over the phone from Europe if won he would have gone down the drain with Adlai that fall against Ike and been blamed as the "Catholic" who lost the election for the Democrats.

If any of you paragons of journalism had even a rudimentary knowledge of American history let alone any skill set you would have known this--- aside from the absurdity of old JoePa allowing any such photo to have been taken let alone circulated before 1960.

1699 days ago
84.

james    

I have a photo of Thomas Jefferson on the space shuttle with a bunch of tranny hookers and doing lines of coke. How much can I get for it, Harvey?

1699 days ago
85.

honesty    

This is a fail for TMZ.
Even though I feel they were set up to mess this up, still it is TMZ's responsibility to check things out completely before putting it out on their website. More checking next time, and less bragging.

1699 days ago
86.

PT    

To the dope who mentioned another website "blowing (TMZ) away" - a search on this other (considerably gay, btw) site for "JFK yacht" yielded no results. So, try again skippy.

1699 days ago
87.

D    

If so easily fooled by this simple fake, what other stories are full of crap TMZ???? Oh that's right, you never had any credibility to begin with did you???

1699 days ago
88.

JoJo Dancer    

TMZ should be sued by the Kennedy Estate and all who were mentioned in the previous article. Why do you just run stuff like it's true. Once it's out there, plenty of people will not follow up with the truth. It will also be picked up by other sites that will not retract or publish the truth about the picture.

1699 days ago
89.

legal beagle    

You guys were really played on this one. As horny as JFK was he would never had posed in a picture like that. He was already planning to run for president and would never had given his enemies such ammunition against him. Back then the affairs were not out in the open and the men made sure they were not tracable to them.

1699 days ago
90.

Willy    

LOL! TMZ thought they had something! HAHAHAHA. Seriously, pathetic.

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